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Date: 05-11-2022

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United States of America v. Carlos Javier Figueroa a/k/a Javi, a/k/a Big Bro

Case Number: 6:18-cr-06094-FPG-MJP

Judge: Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Monroe County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

Defendant's Attorney: Paul Vacca

Description: Rochester, New York criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Carlos Javier Figueroa a/k/a Javi, a/k/a Big Bro, 44, of Rochester, NY, who was engaging in a narcotics conspiracy, possession and discharge of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and murder while engaged in narcotics conspiracy.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert A. Marangola, Cassie M. Kocher, and Katelyn M. Hartford, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that Figueroa was the leader of a Rochester-based drug trafficking organization that was involved in the transportation and sale of cocaine in the City of Rochester and responsible for acts of violence in furtherance of the organization’s drug trade. These acts of violence included the September 12, 2016, shooting death of Walter Ross at the corner of Burbank Street and North Clinton Avenue. Figueroa provided the 9mm handgun that co-defendant Jonathan Cruz-Carmona used to murder Walter Ross. The gun was also used by co-defendant Obed Torres Garcia to shoot at police officers on Burbank Street when they attempted to raid Figueroa’s residence on January 29, 2018.

Various locations throughout Rochester were utilized to receive, store, and sell the supply of illegal narcotics. Figueroa coordinated shipments of cocaine from Puerto Rico, which were sent to locations in Rochester via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Once the packages arrived in Rochester, the cocaine was broken down and packaged for sale. On January 29, 2018, during the execution of state search warrants, investigators seized more than $700,000 in cash, six assault rifles, three loaded handguns, over four kilograms of cocaine, and a quantity of suspected heroin and fentanyl.

A total of 12 defendants were charged and convicted in this case.




Outcome: Life; 10 years supervised release; $5,000 fine; $100 SpA on count 1ssss. 25 years, consecutive to Counts 1ssss and 3ssss; 5 years supervised release, concurrent with Count 1; $100 SpA on count 2ssss. and Life, concurrent with Count 1ssss; 5 years supervised release, concurrent with Count 1ssss and 2ssss; $100 SpA on count 3ssss.

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